Dublin Airport breaks annual passenger numbers record
Dublin Airport has today broken its record for the number of passengers processed in a single year.
Over 23.5 million passengers have been welcomed so far in 2015, with December and the busy Christmas holiday period still to come.
The airport's previous busiest year was 2008, with 23.46 million passengers.
“Passenger numbers are up 16pc (3.1 million) so far this year, with record numbers of people travelling to and from Dublin on European, UK, transatlantic and other international routes,” said Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
So far this year, the airport has added 23 new routes - including direct flights to Los Angeles, Reykjavik and Addis Ababa - and significant additional capacity on many existing airline services.
Six new airlines established routes at Dublin in 2015, with some 1.5 million extra seats available to passengers over the winter period alone.
The airport has already announced 11 new scheduled services for 2016, and daa is examining its options for for a second runway - proposals for which Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe says he expects to see "soon".
Growing passenger numbers are likely to bring challenges as well as rewards of course, with congestion at peak travel times a potential issue.
The airport now has two terminals, however - which was not the case in 2008, when 23.46 million people were processed through the single terminal.
Dublin Airport is celebrating its 75th birthday this year.